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Poster: Jim F Date: Oct 30, 2011 11:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: another great one for ST.LOUIS, TDIH (~);}

St. Louis was sortof one of the best-kept secrets in the Grateful Dead world there for a while. And I like to think maybe it still is.

After a number of shows here in 68 and 69, among the numerous shows played over the next so many years there's the famous 5/14/70 show, 3/18/71 with it's fiesty Other One and rare for the time Caution, 12/10/71's fantastic second set, then there are the really great jams of 10/18/72, 10/29-30/73. Nothing here in 76, and an ok show from 1977, a show that would have been better were it not in the same category known as May 1977. I think it was the venues. Early on they played fantastic places like the Fox Theatre, by 77 they started playing the hockey arena, then returned to a smaller venue for 2/11/79 (meh...think the time I saw DSO do it on 2/11/01 was probably better). In the 80's, stops in the St Louis area got pretty rare.

Sadly by the 90's, St. Louis just wasn't a good environment for the band anymore. After 95, we were known as the tour stop where a bunch of people had a balcony collapse on them and a heroin overdose death or two. Also the venue they played absolutely sucks, in almost every way.

But in the post-1995 GD world, we have really seen our share of great shows, mostly as Phil and Bobby made us regular stops, playing much more intimate venues, even returning to the glorious Fox Theatre (Furthur will be there in November). We saw our share of Furthur Festivals and a couple Other Ones/The Dead tours, but those bastards DID skip us on that last big "The Dead" tour of 2009...

We also have a really large local scene revolving around 2 GD cover bands, The Schwag and Jake's Leg that have been playing around here pretty much every week for some 20 years and 30 years, respectively. They can be fun, if you're into that sortof thing.